Video: Cow chase leads to helicopter rescue in California

The helicopter's siren was used to scare away an angry cow that was chasing two injured people

By Luke Money
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Two people were injured and had to be airlifted out of a Solano County park over the weekend after they fell while trying to hoof it from an ornery cow, authorities said.

The confrontation took place Sunday morning when two people came across a cow and a calf in Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, according to the California Highway Patrol.

“They tried to go around the cow, but it charged them,” officials wrote on Facebook.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene after the two fell while being chased by the bad-tempered bovine.

After locating the unidentified couple on a trail, a CHP helicopter used its siren to shoo the cow away so a paramedic could approach.

The medic determined that the two were injured and needed to be airlifted. The helicopter then hoisted and flew them individually to the trail head, where emergency crews were waiting.

The two were then taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to the CHP.

The extent of their injuries was unclear, but video of the rescue showed they were alert and moving as the cow bellowed at them from a few feet away.


©2020 Los Angeles Times


**Lynch Canyon Hoist-Solano County** This morning, CHP helicopter H-32 responded with fire fighters and Medic Ambulance of Solano County to a report of an elderly couple who had fallen after being chased by a cow. H-32 arrived overhead and located the couple on a trail with the cow and a calf standing feet away in the Lynch Canyon Regional Park. H-32 hovered down to the scene and was able to move the cow by sounding the helicopters siren. A CHP Flight Officer/Paramedic made contact with the couple and determined that they were injured and a hoist rescue would be needed. CHP H-32 hoisted the couple, one by one, approximately 75 feet to H-32 and were flown to waiting crews at the trail head. The couple were transported to a local hospital and were treated for their injuries.

Posted by CHP - Golden Gate Division Air Operations on Monday, August 10, 2020


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